Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson

One of my least favorite things about writing book reviews, is having to review a book that I just couldn’t finish. Sometimes, it just takes so much effort to keep reading a book that you just aren’t enjoying, and for me, it takes much longer to read those books, and when I have a stack of other books that are waiting to be reviewed, I can’t always justify the time. 

It is even worse when it is an author such as Tracie Peterson. I’ve enjoyed many of her novels, and in fact her Broadmoor Legacy series was my first foray into Christian fiction a number of years ago. I probably won’t be picking up the rest of this series of books, but I will definitely still read some of her past series, and will give any future series a try.

**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn’t pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she’s wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners–who is seventeen years her senior–an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn’t there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out…

“A steadfast heart seeks God’s desires, and if that is best served in helping someone, then who are we to say it’s wrong?”

-Mrs. Madison, Steadfast Heart

Characters: The characters in this novel are probably what turned me off of it the most. Abriana was flighty and kind of drove me a bit crazy. But, she was also quite passionate about some tougher issues, such as making sure some of the homeless around Seattle were getting food and were properly clothed. She was also very concerned about the well-being of people’s souls. It was just hard to take her serious with these topics when anything else she was quite a flibbertigibbet about. Abriana also felt like more of the main character, despite the fact that Lenore is the character the back cover was about. While I didn’t finish the book, perhaps more time with Lenore and less with Abriana may have drew me in a bit more.

Storyline: According to the back of the book, the main focus of this novel is supposed to be the relationship between Lenore and Kolbein. Most of the time they seem to be apart and their relationship is growing because of their “thoughts” of one another. Abriana talks to Kolbein about Lenore all the time per Lenore’s request, but that is not a believable way for a relationship to form.

My Thoughts:  I was disappointed, and I’m sad to say it. I felt from the story in the back, that this would be a wonderful book. The potential was definitely there–but the story just never moved past shallow waters. I hope that future novels will bring back the type of stories that made me adore the books by Tracie Peterson, but this one just wasn’t it.

About the Author:

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings’ Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse and her daughter Jennifer.

Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer’s conferences where she has a special heart for new authors. She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research. Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line – overseeing the production of 52 books a year. Tracie teaches at women’s conferences around the country and shares her testimony and insight for Christian living through the eyes of an author passionately in love with her Heavenly Father.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA “Best Books 2011” Awards, best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love!

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family–especially her three grandchildren–Rainy, Fox and Max..


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